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Julia Holter - Loud City Song

Julia Holter: Loud City Song

The latest album from the US musician travels through avant-pop, folk and jazz to reversion a traditional Parisian story.

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Dec 2, 2013. 10:00am - 10:45am
Dec 8, 2013. 9:00am - 9:45am

The singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has a weakness for the story behind Gigi.

"The general idea is that there's this person and she doesn't want to do what society wants her to do - that's something that pretty much anyone can relate to at some point in their lives, it's really easy material to be inspired by," Julia Holter told Dig Music.

Holter has modernised the 1944 novella and 1958 MGM musical in her new album; taking the 20th century Parisian girl into contemporary celebrity-obsessed LA.

"It's funny that I did it, because it's not an idea that would normally be appealing to me, to make music out of a musical - I'm not really into musicals," she said, "I did grow up watching this particular musical and I always loved the main character Gigi."

Loud City Song is her first release made in a studio with collaborators and follows two albums recorded at home alone.

Ariel Pink producer Cole M. Greif-Neill joined Julia to mix the songs, adding environmental sounds of the city and an ensemble of LA musicians to provide horns, strings and double bass.

"Having other musicians to play the parts, rather than just me playing all the keyboard parts is going to make a huge difference," said Holter, "it really just made for a much more fun, exciting and easy experience."

The result is expansive and often dramatic instrumentation to support the delicate vocal delivery of Holter's intriguing adaptation.

 

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